Etihad Arena, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Tape rankings @ Welterweight
Who won Li vs Ponzinibbio?
Jingliang Li beat Santiago Ponzinibbio by , during the main card of UFC on ABC 1, on Saturday 16th January 2021 at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Jingliang Li.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 3 rounds in the Welterweight division, which meant the weight limit was 170 pounds (12.1 stone or 77.1 KG).
Li vs Ponzinibbio stats
Jingliang Li stepped into the ring with a record of 17 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, 8 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 4 by submission.
Santiago Ponzinibbio made his way to the ring with a record of 27 wins, 3 loses and 0 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out and 6 by submission.
The stats suggested Ponzinibbio had a slight advantage in power over Li, with a 56% knock out percentage over Li's 47%.
Jingliang Li was the younger man by 1 year, at 34 years old.
Ponzinibbio had 1-inch reach advantage.
Li was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 7 less fights, and made his debut in 2007, 9 months earlier than Ponzinibbio, whose first professional fight was in 2008. He had fought 8 less professional rounds, 56 to Ponzinibbio's 64.
Li vs Ponzinibbio form
Li had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going to the judges once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Neil Magny at UFC 248 on 7th March 2020 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Elizeu Zaleski at UFC on ESPN+ 15 on 31st August 2019 by knockout in the 3rd round at Universiade Sports Centre, Shenzhen, China.
Going into that contest, he had beat David Zawada at UFC Fight Night 141 on 24th November 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Cadillac Arena, Beijing.
Before that, he had won against Daichi Abe at UFC Fight Night 132 on 23rd June 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore.
He had been beaten by Jake Matthews at UFC 221 on 10th February 2018 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Perth Arena, Perth, Australia.
Li's last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 4 months and 15 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 15 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 15 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3 rounds on average.
Ponzinibbio's last 3 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 11 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year, 7 months and 24 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 8 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 2.7 rounds on average.